Victoria Beckham unveils handbags

21:59, Sep 13 2010
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BAG IT UP: Victoria Beckham unveiled her first signature handbag at her New York Fashion Week show.

Victoria Beckham unveiled her first signature handbag at her New York Fashion Week show.

The singer-turned-fashion-designer debuted her Spring/Summer 11 line in a townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side yesterday afternoon. The range consisted of 26 elegant dresses and her first statement bag.

Victoria sat in the front row giving her own commentary on all the looks, discussing her inspirations, fabrics and the techniques employed making each dress and accessory.

Victoria said she was particularly proud of her bag, which will sell for £1200. She said she had created the luxury item in collaboration with Marc Jacobs designer Katie Hillier and was glad of Katie's expertise in the area.

"I knew what I wanted, but I needed someone with the expertise, who knew about factories," Victoria said.

The Victoria bag is a square, two-handled tote that comes in two colours, buffalo and crocodile. It also comes in two sizes, one smaller bag and one large travelling one.

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Victoria's dresses received admiring gasps as they came down the runway. In a departure from her usual style, Victoria favoured flowy silhouettes instead of her usual structure and corsetry.

She said she had created on violet silk number by simply wrapping one and a half metres of fabric around herself and tying it in a knot.

Another stand-out garment was a mandarin-coloured shift dress. Victoria explained the piece had been made in three sections, with the middle segment cut on the bias to make it as flattering as possible.

"It really hugs and flatters the body. I wanted to celebrate curves," she said. "And the cotton fabric really soaks up the colour".

Silk in eye-popping shades featured heavily in Victoria's show, as did high-waistlines and statement seams.

Tom Ford also showed his debut ready-to-wear women's clothing line yesterday. He held a glitzy show in his menswear store on Madison Avenue with just 100 guests. Tom narrated the show, giving the name of each model and an entertaining description of what they were wearing.

Beyoncé Knowles, Julianne Moore, Rita Wilson, Daphne Guinness, Lisa Eisner, Lou Doillon, Amber Valletta, Daria Werbowy, and Stella Tennant walked in the show, with Beyoncé being particularly enthusiastic about her participation.

Asked if she had to think twice about appearing on the catwalk she said: "Absolutely not. Look at these clothes!"

The collection featured pantsuits in black silk and leopard print, sheer blouses, corsets and textured shrugs. The clothing was teamed with stilettos and seamed black stockings.

Lacoste, Cynthia Rowley, Derek Lam, DKNY, Max Azria, Diane Von Furstenberg and Tommy Hilfiger also showed their new collections over the weekend.

Betsey Johnson, Monique Ljuillier, Donna Karan, Jenny Packham, Carolina Herrera and Diesel Black Gold will hold catwalk shows today.

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